Southern Cross University

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Southern Cross University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 055690C

Level of study: Postgraduate


Accountants count – literally – on their proficiency as highly organised, precise and committed professionals.

If these qualities add up for you, then this six-month course is perfect preparation for a career in accounting and finance.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is flexible, allowing you to focus on the areas that most interest you. Topics include business and managerial accounting, financial reporting, contemporary issues in accounting, economics and quantitative analysis, finance, information systems and legal studies.

Multiple career opportunities exist for graduates within accounting and financial services. This course is also a pathway towards our industry-accredited Master of Professional Accounting.

Major areas of study

Students study four of the eight core units of the Master of Professional Accounting.

Career opportunities

Completion of this course opens opportunities in a variety of roles in the accounting and financial services industry. The course will also enhance the financial knowledge and skills of business owners and managers in any industry.

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Intellectual rigour: Develop and create professional solutions to specific problem from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a specific issue or theory from a professional area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Creativity: Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Ethical practice: Analyse and compare challenging organisational ethical issues within a professional context. Apply discipline based knowledge and professional skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline: Demonstrate and apply well developed discipline knowledge and professional skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective. Apply and integrate research principles and methods to professional management situations.

Lifelong learning: Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Communication and social skills: Prepare and deliver professional discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business or public context.

Prepare and deliver professional and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for business and public contexts.

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Cultural competence: Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 15,200 Per Year Read more15,200 for the entire course; 3,800 per unit
Start date: 28 February 2022
27 June 2022
24 October 2022
Duration: 0.5 years
Study mode: Full time

Bilinga Campus

Room A1.11, Southern Cross Drive
Gold Coast Queensland 4225

Entry criteria

Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience may be admitted to a Graduate Diploma or Masters.

Applicants must have IELTS - 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; CAE - 58; TOEFL PBT - 570 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 79 with no less than 21 in writing and 20 in other areas; PTE - 58 with no communicative score less than 50; ISPLR - 4 in all 4 skill areas.


Southern Cross University
Lismore Campus
Military Road North Coast New South Wales 2480